But after allowing goals on a cross, a penalty kick and an empty net, the Cougars were dealt a 3-0 loss at home
"I thought we played well and possessed it nicely," SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. "When you give up a penalty and a cross goes in, what are you going to do?"
The Grizzlies got to work quickly when Carlos Garcia-Partida stunned the Cougars with a goal three minutes into the match.
Neither team could break through the rest of the first half, and that 1-0 advantage remained for over 15 minutes into the second half.
With 23:29 showing on the second-half clock, Spanish Springs goalkeeper Kevin O'Kuinghttons was called for a foul in the box and Galena was awarded a PK. Garcia-Partida lined up and drilled the shot into the back of the net for a 2-0 edge.
In the 77th minute of the game, Garcia-Partida made an attempt at recording a hat trick. After breaking down the defense, Garcia-Partida tried to squirt a shot inside the far post when O'Kuinghttons came out of the goal to defend.
The shot went off the post, and one of three Cougar defenders near the play tried to clear the ball. However, the ball came back around to Alan Smith who drilled a shot into the empty goal for the final 3-0 margin.
Galena senior Max Giesler recorded the shutout in goal for the Grizz.
The loss drops Spanish Springs to 0-1-1 on the season, but the Cougars open High Desert League play Saturday at Reno. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and Moreland feels his team is prepared after a couple non-league matches.
"I want to play the top notch. That's what we need to do to get better," Moreland said. "I think we're ready. We're getting fit. We're young and still have a lot of learning to do, but we're getting better."